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Subject: Mounting botanical specimens

Mounting botanical specimens

From: Lydia C. Egunnike <l.egunnike>
Date: Friday, April 4, 2003
I was hoping someone may know of a simple, safe technique for
remounting botanical specimens. We are currently trying to ascertain
the best way of treating a series of fragile, brittle specimens
currently taped to poor quality board with very discoloured
adhesive tape. I have contacted a number of Australian botanical
institutions for advice and it would seem that the most common
method involves attaching the specimens to "acid free" board using
"acid-free" self-adhesive tape--I imagine something like Filmoplast
P. I am uncomfortable with this technique as it provides no physical
protection and as I am a conservative conservator, I am very
reluctant to use any self-adhesive tape in direct contact with
objects. Any guidance would be gratefully received,

Lydia Egunnike
Senior Conservator
Collection Preservation
State Library of Queensland
PO Box 3488 South Brisbane
QLD Australia 4101
+61 7 3840 7779
Fax: +61 7 3840 7943

                  Conservation DistList Instance 16:59
                   Distributed: Monday, April 7, 2003
                       Message Id: cdl-16-59-006
Received on Friday, 4 April, 2003

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